Klezmania!

International-Jewish/Klezmer
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Celebrating it’s 15th year of bringing the best in world jazz and Jewish celebratory music to all of California, KLEZMANIA! is an exciting acoustic music ensemble that provides a full range of jazz standards, klezmer, Yidish, Iraeli, classical and World Music. From lively dance forms to the more elegant waltzes, terks, tangos and slow ballads, this unique band captures the tradional essence of old and new world music. Much of KLEZMANI’S! improvisation is based on Eastern European folk idioms and is considered a continual work in progress. The influence of classical and American jazz music reflects the fusion process that continues with modern klesmer musicians. A music that inherently lends itself to the creativity of what has been and what can be! The band has performed for the University of Judaism, the Berkeley Symphony, the Crest Organization, the Petaluma Summer Music Festival, and have been featured on KQED-FM’s weekly variety program “West Coast Weekend.” Klezmania is a wonderful traditional and upbeat choice for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, bar Mitzvahs/bat Mitzvahs. The band performs as a six- piece but is also available as a 4-piece, 3-piece., or even a duo. Instrumentation consists of vocals, mandolin, soprano//tenor sax, flute, violin, bass, drums, and hand percussion. Klezmania provides a fun and celebratory sound that is perfect for weddings. A perfect option is a classical violin, mandolin, and cello prior to the ceremony. For the processional, a violin/mandolin duet can play a traditional klezmer processional. After the ceremony, a violin, soprano sax, and mandolin trio can play the recessional. For your reception, the full-blown quintet will play freylachs, bulgars, and Israeli dance music. Vocals are included in this package. Marimba is also an exciting addition to the quintet upon request.

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